Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker fell $1.67 (-2.3%) to $70.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.63-$71.94 after having opened the day at $71.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.73. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 18.4%, Ecotality ( ECTY), down 9.4%, TMS International ( TMS), down 8.5%, and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 7.2%.
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Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems primarily in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $12.09 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 20.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), up 11.4%, eMagin Corporation ( EMAN), up 11.2%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), up 8%, and Plug Power ( PLUG), up 4%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with SPX Corporation ( SPW) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial industry could consider SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DIA) while those bearish on the industrial industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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